How has TxDOT engaged with the communities impacted by NHHIP?
While the benefits of the NHHIP project extend across the entire region, the proposed I-45 footprint will impact Houston neighborhoods, in particular the communities of Independence Heights, Fifth Ward, East Downtown/EaDo and Third Ward. Over the course of the project development period, TxDOT has engaged in more than 350 stakeholder and public meetings to listen to the communities’ concerns and make improvements to the plan.
A number of updates have been incorporated into the project based on community feedback. These updates include modifications to the locations of various entrance/exit ramps, frontage roads and sidewalks to minimize impacts, along with efforts to better connect roads between impacted communities, avoid impacts to several community institutions, and create safe crossing and accessibility particularly around Metro bus stops.
TxDOT should continue working with these communities to mitigate the impacts on these neighborhoods, while maximizing the benefits this project promises to the Houston region.
When we talk about a project disrupting communities, there is no easy or perfect solution. We strongly support the project’s continued refinement to ensure that the project equitably mitigates housing disruptions and flooding concerns for Houston’s communities.